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Trial begins for man accused of killing Toledo gym owner

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Deitrekk Boone (Source: Lucas County Jail) Deitrekk Boone (Source: Lucas County Jail)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

One of five men accused of shooting and killing a Toledo gym owner in a robbery gone wrong went on trial Tuesday.

Deitrekk Boone is charged with murder in the case.

Boone's day in court was a long time coming. Boone was on the run for more than a year after police say he and four others tried to rob Joe Lengel outside his south Toledo gym early on the morning of November 19, 2012. Lengel was shot and killed in the course of the robbery, according to Toledo Police.

Boone was finally arrested outside a Houston Golden Corral in December and brought back to Toledo to face murder charges.

Boone has chosen a bench trial, meaning a judge will decide his fate rather than a jury of his peers.

Matthew Managhan took a plea deal in the case. Police say Managhan colluded with Boone to commit the robbery, and was present when Lengel was shot. Managhan took a plea deal and will serve 15 years for his role in the crime.

On Tuesday, Managhan told the court that Lengel was not the intended target of the robbery. In fact, Managhan said, the group planned to rob the owner of a nearby auto body shop. Managhan said that person was dealing drugs at the time.

The judge threatened to hold Boone's defense attorney in contempt when he made a gesture after having an objection overruled.

The trial will continue Wednesday.

Toledo News Now will have a crew in the courtroom for the duration of this trial. Stay with us for the very latest.

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